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Benefit of organic milk

Organic milk, used as the basis of HiPP Organic baby milks, has all the goodness of non-organic milk but because of the organic farming methods used the milk from organically reared cows has additional benefits. 

In certified organic farm management there are extensive and stringent regulations for producing foods that ensure that farming is done according to sustainable principles and in harmony with nature – without interfering with the ecological balance. 

Pesticides

Organic dairy farms do not use artificial pesticides on pastures where cows’ graze (in contrast, non organic dairy farms can use any of 500 different pesticides that are licensed for use!). Although the pesticides used on non-organic farms must be tested and approved, with safe limits of use being set, the tests that are carried out are done on the chemicals acting alone, not in combination with other chemicals. There is concern that these chemicals can, however, create a more powerful impact on the body when present together and this ‘cocktail effect’ could be more harmful to health than current testing and approval procedures show. 

Babies and children are considered to be more susceptible to the harmful effects of pesticide residues(1). They have a higher intake of food per kg body weight than adults, they have immature body organs and they may have limited ability to detoxify these substances.  Eating organically is the best way of avoiding any effects that pesticide residues may have.

A recent American Academy of Pediatrics report reviewed the research that has been conducted on organic foods and confirmed that there is convincing evidence that organic diets expose consumers to fewer pesticides associated with human disease and organic animal husbandry may reduce the risk of human disease attributable to drug-resistant bacteria(2).

Nutritional benefits

Although published literature to date lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods(3), there are some studies showing that there are significant differences between the nutritional content of organic and non-organic foods that should be taken into account.  Included is the comprehensive EU- research project on organic production known as QLIF (QualityLowInputFood).  This was research study lasting 5 years (2004 – 2009), involving 35 scientific project partners from all over Europe.  This study has shown organically produced foods contained –

  • more vitamins
  • more antioxidants and other secondary plant substances 
  • more polyunsaturated fatty acids, e.g. conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) and Omega-3 fatty acids
  • fewer heavy metals 
  • fewer mycotoxins 
  • fewer pesticide residues

Other research has also shown that organic milk is naturally higher in certain nutrients, such as antioxidants, vitamins E and beta-carotene(4). Organically reared cows, which eat high levels of fresh grass, clover pasture and grass-clover silage, have been shown to produce milk with -

  • higher levels of vitamin E (50% higher), 
  • beta-carotene (75% higher), and
  • lutein and zeaxanthine (antioxidants - 2-3 times higher), 

compared with non-organic milk.

No GMOs

Organic cows are not fed GM cattle feed so there is no risk of any genetically modified substances being found in organic milk

Better for the environment

Many believe that there is more to a food’s health benefit than just nutritional content or the fact that it is free of pesticide residues or other potentially harmful substances. Buying foods that are produced in a way that is more sympathetic to the environment, animal welfare and the earth’s resources, and where no genetic engineering is involved, can create a feeling of well-being. Consumer studies have shown that more and more people decide in favour of buying organic foods for precisely these reasons. But, naturally, organically produced foods alone do not guarantee good health but should be used as part of a balanced, nutritious diet combined with plenty of exercise. 

HiPP Organic quality

HiPP quality is maintained by using premium products that are produced according to stringent organic farming standards. In addition to the statutory standards, we at HiPP take even further measures to ensure the unique quality of our organic products. Our dairy cattle are kept in conditions appropriate to their species and are allowed to graze on natural pasture that is farmed without using mineral fertilisers or chemical or synthetic sprays. To be on the safe side, we run our own checks on the organic farms in addition to the ones conducted officially by the authorities. Our raw materials undergo more than 260 quality checks from the raw material stage to finished products.

References

  1. National Research Council. (1993) Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children. National Academy Press.
  2. Forman J, Silverstein J (2012) Organic foods: Health and Environmental Advantages and Disadvantages.  Pediatrics Vol 130, No 5, e1406-e1415
  3. Dangour, A D et al.  Nutrition-related health effects of organic foods: a systematic review.  Am J Clin Nutr 2010;92:203–10.
  4. Butler, G. et al (2008). J Sci Food Agric 88:1431-1441